Saturday, May 5, 2018

Walmart-Flipkart deal turns political, lobby groups allege flouting of FDI norms


Walmart-Flipkart deal turns political, lobby groups allege flouting of FDI norms

R V Seckar Consultant in FEMA , Corporate laws , Insolvency laws , NBFC 09848915177 rvsekar2007@gmail.com


The Deal is against the FDI Norms.

Amid acquisition talks between Walmart and Flipkart, opposition from political corridors has already started brewing against the deal. They allege the deal is against FDI norms.

The Swadesh Jagaran Manch (SJM), an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and other trade lobby groups have raised the concerns.
R V Seckar Consultant in FEMA , Corporate laws , Insolvency laws , NBFC 09848915177 rvsekar2007@gmail.com



FDI in ecommerce is not allowed.

The SJM’s national co-convenor Ashwani Mahajan said that the deal is in violation of Indian laws, as FDI in ecommerce is not allowed.

R V Seckar Consultant in FEMA , Corporate laws , Insolvency laws , NBFC 09848915177 rvsekar2007@gmail.com


 Kill competition and flush small retailers.

He alleged that companies such as Flipkart and Amazon were circumventing FDI rules by operating the marketplace model. He also believed that the foreign entities will also kill competition and flush small retailers.

R V Seckar Consultant in FEMA , Corporate laws , Insolvency laws , NBFC 09848915177 rvsekar2007@gmail.com


Retailers Association of India (RIA) raised the issue of FDI rules violations by the e-tailers.

In a complaint to Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu, the association alleged that these marketplace models have been operating against the spirit of the policy. It further added that these firm have been influencing prices on their platforms and illegally offers abnormal discounts.

Besides, All India Online Vendors’ Association (AIOVA), a group of 3500 online sellers, is another grudging party which has not been kept in loop of any communication between Flipkart and Walmart. They are unsure what would be their future on the platform.

R V Seckar Consultant in FEMA , Corporate laws , Insolvency laws , NBFC 09848915177 rvsekar2007@gmail.com


100 per cent FDI in online retail of goods and services under the so-called “marketplace model”

In March last year, the government announced to introduce 100 per cent FDI in online retail of goods and services under the so-called “marketplace model” through the automatic route, seeking to legitimize existing businesses of e-commerce companies operating in India.

DIPP’s Clarification

At that time, department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) explained that the marketplace model is an information technology platform run by an e-commerce entity on a digital and electronic network to act as a facilitator between buyer and seller.
DIPP had prohibited FDI in e-commerce companies that own inventories of goods and services and sell directly to consumers using online platforms


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